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Colleen's CSA Corner Week 17

Posted 10/13/2020 6:23am by Colleen Quiram.

And we made it! The last shares of the 2020 season are packed, loaded on our trucks and ready to deliver to you. This final share is jumbo sized, filled with fall treats and a few décor items we hope you will be able to use until Thanksgiving.

The popcorn we included in your share will also make a nice fall decoration until you are ready to use it. This beautiful fall weather allowed the cobs to dry on the stalk nicely, and they have been kept clean and dry in our greenhouse for a week now. We anticipate the cobs to be ready to pop around Christmas time. Until then, keep the cobs in a warm and dry location, not the refrigerator. Check the kernels every week or so, until they pop nicely. Easiest way to do this is to place them in a paper bag, close the top, and microwave until the kernels pop. If the popcorn is ‘chewy’ the kernels are not dry enough. Let them sit for another week and test again.

The white and orange mini pumpkins and gourd will hopefully keep well for you too. These are not edible but will make a nice little fall display on your table or counter. You can display them with the pie pumpkin as well, or at least until you are ready to use the pumpkin. Treat it as you would a squash, by cutting it in half and roasting for use in pies and breads. Or save it until Thanksgiving.  Cut the top off, scoop the insides out, and use it as a candle holder for your table. I have done this with the mini pumpkins as well using tealights. It makes for a very cozy feel!

As you noticed on the newsletter, we are asking for your feedback by taking a short survey. Many of you have already done so, thank you! Our survey will be open until October 31st, and I will be going through every response and every comment, looking for ways to improve our CSA program for next year. Knowing what you as a CSA Member value the most, helps us to shape our program to be even more beneficial to you. Let us know what you would like to see!

We are also launching our 2021 registration today! You may notice a new look to our registration process as we have upgraded a portion of our website. Over the next few months, we will be adding more features for our CSA Members including the ability to change your drop site or donate your share within your account. At this time, we are also offering an early bird discount for current CSA Members. Our prices for the 2021 season will be increasing on December 1st, but if you register now you can lock in the 2020 rates and save $25!

In closing, I want to thank you all for a fantastic season. I have truly enjoyed hearing from you all throughout the growing season, how you use your share, feedback about products, and ideas for future boxes. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

~Colleen

P.S. – here are a few of my favorite Pinterest fall recipes that may or may not use items from the box. Try something new over the winter and keep eating your veggies!

Siracha Cauliflower Fried Rice

Pumpkin French Toast

Cashew Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole

Canning Applesauce – Fancy Flavors